Fast forward a year and Cal would not make the same mistake, completing the season-sweep of both Washington and Washington State and setting the stage for yet another showdown for the conference crown.
"I think it was a really big win for us (Sunday)," senior forward Ashley Walker said of the Bears' 77-57 win against the Cougars to finish the weekend.
"I think me and Dev (Hampton) worked really well together. We passed well to each other, and that always helps."
All told, Walker was just three assists away from a triple-double against Wazzu, as the timing between she and Hampton appears to be on point. And Cal is going to need the consistent play from their posts if it hopes to sweep the season series with Stanford and take a strangle-hold on the Pac-10 race next week at Maples Pavilion.
Against the Cardinal on January 18, the All-American duo combined for just 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, forcing the Bears to rely on a super-human, 37-point effort from junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson. But this time around, Walker and Hampton seem to be hitting stride as a combo.
The senior posts combined for an unfathomable 72 points and 33 rebounds in Cal's two wins in Washington.
"Devanei is looking amazing right now. She's playing 100 percent better than she did at the beginning of the year," Walker said. "She's moving so much better and scoring so many more points and now teams have to worry about her as well. She's so easy to pass to, she's such a big target. Each game she's getting better and better."
Walker has upped her play with each game as well.
After experiencing a drop off in rebounding numbers that had her hovering just over seven boards a game – a vast decline from previous seasons – Walker has pulled down 31 rebounds in the last three contests. And with her ninth board against Wazzu, Walker became just the second player in school history (and the ninth player in the Pac-10) to reach the 1,000 career rebounds mark.
With 1,002, she needs just 28 rebounds to pass Colleen Galloway for the top spot on the all-time Cal rebounding chart.
"It was amazing," Walker said. "It's really a testament to my team because they inspire me to rebound and make me go after the boards. It's cool that I get to experience this with the group of girls that we have this year."
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